Madonna has evolved numerous times in her 15+ year career, and I have followed along willingly to every transition. However, after reading pre-release reviews of this album (most positive but many negative) I was nervous.
The CD itself did not really impress me the first 1-2x I listened to it. However, after repeated listenings, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to much of the material. Aside from offering the 2-3 obvious pop hits (Music, Impressive Instant) she has pulled together quite a bit of diverse material and made it into a rather enjoyable collection. Madonna has never really strayed too far from the pop junket, but it seems as though she's finally making music for the sake of making great music, and not explicitly to sell herself or her music to the masses.
She has never really sold the 10-15 million copies (Domestically, anyway) that the current teen invasion sells, but she endures as one of the great entertainers of our time, and her artistry and diversity in this set will likely expand her fan base one more time.
Not the best from this artist but still delivers on the level of entertainment and material. "Music" is different from other albums in that it has the trance, club, techno vibe that gives you the feeling that you're sitting in the middle of a rave. I say it's decent because while I like a great deal of this, it's also very forgettable. Unilke past Madonna releases, I actually have a hard time remembering some of her tracks and the music here. Some of the stand-out tracks … more
Music is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on September 19, 2000 by Maverick Records. A two-disc Special Edition was also released in June 2001 to promote the Drowned World Tour, containing an additional CD of remixes and the video of "What It Feels Like for a Girl". Madonna collaborated with French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï for this album. It featured mostly upbeat and up-tempo songs which further developed Madonna's move toward European dance music. The album received positive response from most music critics, scoring 80/100 from Metacritic. It was nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards although it eventually won only one award for "Best Recording Package". The album is also listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Commercially, Music debuted at number one in over 23 countries around the world and sold more than four million copies in the first ten days. To date, the album has sold 15 million copies worldwide. Music featured three singles and one promotional single. The title track reached the top of the charts in 25 countries and became Madonna's 12th number-one on the Billboard Hot 100.